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  • TOKYO, April 28- The Bank of Japan held off on expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday, even as global headwinds, a strong yen and soft consumption threatened to derail a fragile economic recovery. The BOJ decided to adopt a 300 billion yen loan-supplying programme aimed at assisting banks operating in areas hit by this month's earthquake in southern Japan.

  • TOKYO— Japan's central bank opted Thursday not to expand its massive stimulus policies to boost growth, apart from channeling extra support for financing disaster recovery efforts on the earthquake-stricken southern island of Kyushu. The Bank of Japan said it would provide up to 300 billion yen in zero-interest rate loans to financial institutions in the...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- Tornadoes were spotted in two central states on Tuesday as the National Weather Service warned large swaths of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by twisters, destructive hail and high winds. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- Tornadoes were spotted in two central states on Tuesday as the National Weather Service warned large swaths of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by twisters, destructive hail and high winds. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- The National Weather Service warned that large sections of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by tornadoes, destructive hail and high winds on Tuesday, prompting some school districts to send students home early. It issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large parts of...

  • Chernobyl

    CNBC's Phil Han reports on the efforts to contain the Chernobyl disaster fallout, which has been dubbed the "Chernobyl Sarcophagus."

  • KATHMANDU, Nepal— Last year's massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people, yet could have been much deadlier. Yet experts say India and neighboring India have a long way to go to implement earthquake-safe building practices. Still, "similar types of schools are still standing in other parts of Nepal," Bryneson said.

  • A man stands on top of debris from collapsed buildings on April 26, 2015 in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

    CNBC's Phil Han reports on Nepal's difficult rebuilding efforts, a year after a deadly earthquake rocked the land-locked country.

  • QUITO, April 23- The death toll from Ecuador's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 654 people, the country's emergency management authority said on Saturday. Last Saturday's quake, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured around 16,600 people and left 58 missing along the country's ravaged Pacific coast. "These have been sad days for...

  • QUITO, April 23- The death toll from Ecuador's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 646 people, President Rafael Correa said during a TV broadcast on Saturday. Last Saturday's quake, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured around 12,500 people and left 130 missing along the country's ravaged Pacific coast. Correa's leftist government,...

  • *Committed to strong production, supplier base in Japan. The car maker's reliance on Aisin Seiki Co, an affiliate, for door and engine parts forced Toyota to halt much of its production at virtually all its plants in Japan this week after an earthquake damaged Aisin plants in the south. Toyota says it will restart production at most of its assembly plants in Japan...

  • Ecuador shaken by another earthquake

    The country struck with its second earthquake since Saturday.

  • A man walks along a street of Portoviejo, Ecuador, almost a week after an earthquake hit.

    A powerful earthquake struck off Ecuador's disaster-stricken coast, as survivors of an earlier deadly quake clamored for aid.

  • April 21- Property and casualty insurer Travelers Cos Inc reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as catastrophe losses nearly doubled, mainly due to hail storms in Texas in March. Two-thirds of those losses came from two severe storms in Texas in March, the company said. Texas was hit by several storms in March, including tornadoes that toppled power...

  • QUITO, Ecuador— The death count from Ecuador's worst earthquake in a decade rose to at least 577 on Thursday even as the country was facing another grim toll: a long and costly reconstruction effort likely to cost billions of dollars. The damage from 7.8- magnitude quake adds to already heavy economic hardships being felt in this OPEC nation because of the...

  • *Ecuador president says int'l bond issue eyed. PEDERNALES/ QUITO, Ecuador, April 20- Ecuador will temporarily increase some taxes, sell assets, and may issue new bonds on the international market to fund a multi-billion dollar reconstruction after a devastating 7.8 magnitude quake, a somber President Rafael Correa said on Wednesday. The leftist leader...

  • *Ecuador president says int'l bond issue eyed. PEDERNALES, Ecuador, April 20- The death toll from Ecuador's weekend earthquake surpassed 500 and rescue efforts ebbed on Wednesday as the traumatized Andean nation braced itself for long and costly rebuilding. To help fund the multibillion-dollar reconstruction of homes, roads and buildings in the devastated...

  • Residents are evacuated from their flooded apartment complex Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Houston. Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods.

    The storm that struck Houston may have caused as much flooding in some areas as Tropical Storm Allison, suggesting billions of dollars in losses.

  • MONTECRISTI, Ecuador— A fresh tremor rattled Ecuador before dawn Wednesday morning, a 6.1 magnitude jolt that was the strongest aftershock since a lethal earthquake killed hundreds of people. The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor was centered offshore, 25 kilometers west of the devastated beach town of Muisne, at 3:33 a.m. local time.

  • Chinese archeologist uncovering dinosaur fossils

    The dinosaurs were already on their way out when a huge meteor stuck Earth 66 million years ago. It may hold an important lesson on biodiversity.